Romantic luxury riverside treehouse

House - Entire home/apt · Burrell Boom, Belize, Belize

This Romantic luxury Tree House sits on stilts 12 ' in the jungle canopy over Old Belize River. Howler monkeys visit daily along with an amazing number and diversity of birds. 20 mins from the airport, central to everything Belize has to offer.

The Space


This sweet little one bedroom house sits in the jungle canopy perched high on the edge of the Belize River. With Howler monkey families in the trees, crocodiles in the pond, butterflies and songbirds in the air, this is a unique piece of jungle paradise that offers you an amazing holiday destination. The Howler House is just a short 5 min drive or 15 min walk down a lovely village road along the river to the Black Orchid resort where you are always welcome to enjoy their SWIMMING POOL and fantastic restaurant.
The house is brand spanking new with HIGH SPEED WIRELESS internet with (website hidden) and NETFLIX enabled. The bedroom has a majestic view over the river and a new queen size bed. The bathroom has a shower with HOT WATER - no tub. The kitchen is fully equipped with a new stove, fridge and double sinks and dishes and pots and pans and bowls enough to enjoy cooking.

As well, ALL your transportation and needs can be taken care of - if required. The international airport is just 20 min from the House and Tony will pick you up and provide transportation anywhere you might want to explore while in Belize -- he is also an amazing local full of knowledge -- and he has few unique ideas of his own on how to really experience what Belize has to offer the curious visitor.

Burrell Boom is wonderfully central to Mayan ruins, caves, zip-lining, Hopkins beach -- which is a unique Garifuna village, remarkable diving sites and ocean fishing. I can help you arrange transportation and/or tours to any part of the country you may dream of exploring.

While the house is a perfect romantic getaway for two, if you want to bring along family or friends, they are welcome to hang hammocks on the two screened in decks and make use of an extra single bed and double blow-up mattress -- I ask for an addition $10 per night for children, and $20 per night for adults. The outside deck is huge, and you will probably spend most of your time there.

While the Howler House is nestled on the riverbank high in the canopy and you feel like you are deep in the jungle — really, it is just a 10 -minute walk up to the sweetest little village. If you are using his transportation services Tony will be happy to give you a little tour of the village. But, most convenient, the Howler House is located centrally to all the activities you might want to enjoy while in Belize.


In the village you can paddle the river, go fishing and bicycling, the wildlife is amazing - birdwatchers are in heaven here; the Howler Monkeys live in the trees above us. Star-gazing and sipping on local wines is magical. CLOSE BY you will find the amazing Belize Zoo, the Howler Monkey Sanctuary, Mayan ruins, Cave-tubing and Zip-lining, local exotic wine makers, quiet sandy beach at Hopkins (an hours drive), 30 min. to the Cay Caulker Ferry, where you can spend a day with the laid back locals, rent a sail boat, go diving or snorkeling on the reef and be home before dark relaxing on the deck. Tony will take care of all your transportation.

Close to home, there is a grocery store that sells local wines, rum and cold beer and a few groceries. And, the village pub, a short walk or bicycle ride away, serves ice cold beers, homemade juicy hamburgers and a delicious fried chicken or fish dinner for five bucks at Miss Carol's.They also have a pool table if you want to hang around and meet some very sweet locals and perhaps hear a good story or two. There is also a great Chinese Food restaurant in the village. And, people are soooo friendly here, if you want to, you'll make friends with the locals with ease. On Friday evenings people gather in the park to watch the teenagers play soccer and they have music and snacks and cold drinks for sale. Later, if you are a night owl, there is always dancing at Henderson's Bank on Friday and Saturday nights. And, there is a huge horse race track, with races on Sundays and Holidays - people come from all over for the races -- it's exciting.

A wonderful day (or overnight) trip from the house is to Cay Caulker, 90 minutes away via Belize City. You can arrange a drive with Tony, catch the early ferry (45 mins) and spend a day exploring the Cay, or take one of the many snorkeling, diving, sailing or kayaking tours, and be back in time for dinner. Or, if you'd like to spend more time on the island, spend a night and Tony will pick you up the next day. We can help with arranging accommodations for you too.

If you want help with travel arrangements to Belize, just let me know.

Or, you may choose to just spend your time of the Howler House deck where you can take amazing photographs, bird-watch, wait for the crocodile(s) to surface and perhaps sun themselves on the bank, get to know the howler monkeys (they like Reggie music), sit still and a Blue Morpho butterfly with an 8-inch wingspan will eventually float by. Play the stock market on-line on high-speed Wi-Fi. Lie under a gentle fan, swing in the hammock and read a good book. Write a poem, a song, a book or a blog. Watch the sun rise and the river float by, caste a line and catch a fish – yes, right from the deck when the river is flooding. Make origami. Paint a picture. Star gaze while fire flies light up the sky. Sip on rich local organic coffee in the morning, and exotic local wines in the afternoon. Watch for manatees. (website hidden) your family, your boss, your best friend and show them the howlers in the trees. Stay cool and be prepared to wake up early because all the songbirds and parrots believe it is their daily duty to serenade the rising sun.

Guest Access

The Howler House has a brand new canoe available to guests - the key to unlock the canoe is on your key chain.

Interaction with Guests

I am available online daily - and once you arrive in Belize, I will give you my cell number. The house has a local manager who is available 24 hours, just up the road. And, my closest neighbors are also my land partners and best friends.

The Neighborhood

Burrell Boom is a lovely little rural village along the banks of the Old Belize river. The people here are extremely friendly. If you walk up to the village and stop for some food at Miss Carol's, a cold beer at Yellow Man's pub - right next door, you will be enchanted by this little village. If you want to do some Reggie dancing, head down to Henderson's Bank on Friday or Saturday night, just follow the music -- you can walk, but bring the flashlight! Everyone will welcome you. This is a small friendly village and I hope you will have the opportunity to meet and enjoy the company (and food) of the local people - they are wonderful. The Black Orchid is a 15 minute walk down a lovely rural road. And, once you arrive, you can have a cool drink and slip into the pool: ahhhhhh. They will treat you like gold, slowly.

Getting around

Most guest want some form of transportation while staying at the Howler House. I can assist you with hiring a local driver, Tony, who will provide all your transportation needs, pretty much at your whim. Or, you can arrange to use the Black Orchid resort for tours and guides. They will pick you up at the house. Or you can rent a vehicle at the airport upon arrival -- but for the rainy months, you must rent a 4 wheel drive. Or, you can do as I do, I do not have a vehicle, I take the local bus (limited times) to the city and walk to the Caye Caulker taxi terminal, and I canoe - you can get canoes at the Black Orchid, and I walk. The Black Orchid is a 15 minute walk down a lovely rural road. And, once you arrive, you can have a cool drink and slip into the pool: ahhhhhh. They will treat you like gold, slowly.

Other Things to Note

Once you are booked, I will email you the cell phone numbers of the house manage, Erlene, my best friend in the village, and my own cell as well. There is a cell phone in the house for your use!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $770 /week
Monthly Price: $2600 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Howler House is a spectacular, comfortable and amazing little retreat. The monkeys and lizards and little croc are endless and fascinating sources of entertainment. The location is perfect to explore the country in all directions. The community is warm and welcoming. Erika is quick to respond to questions and the guest book is a great source for eating and travel recommendations.

    April 2014
    Howler House
    Response from Howler House:

    Tamara - so happy to hear you loved all the Howler House has to offer and hope you will return. Please do join the Howler House (website hidden) page: (website hidden) and feel free to post your photos. Thanks so much for your visit. Cheers, Erika

  • My 12 year old daughter started our trip to Belize by staying one week in the Howler house. We just loved it and the people of Burrell Boom. They were always friendly and provided a true Belezian experience. We booked numerous trips through the Black Orchid and had a blast. Erika was a Gracious host making sure we had everything we needed. Tony and Valerie were very helpful. Fund Dawson's for a canoe trip and coconut water and maybe some of his aunties breads! We had the added blessing of being there during la Ruta Maya canoe race. Very grateful to Carlos from the Black Orchid for amazing day trips. Strongly recommend u grab cash at an ATM before you get to Burrell Boom as there aren't any and they don't accept credit cards.

    March 2014
    Howler House
    Response from Howler House:

    Thanks so much Dorothy - so happy you enjoyed your stay - hope you will come back again! Cheers, Erika

  • From the moment we saw Tony waiting for us outside of the airport we felt welcome in Belize. He and Val made us feel more like family than guests… showing us around Burrell Boom, introducing us to friends and neighbors, ensuring we had everything we needed including a home cooked meal by Miss Carol. Tony took care of all our driving so we had no need to rent a car. (We highly recommend the CAYO ATM Cave tour for the adventurous) Although the family of Howler Monkeys didn't come directly to our house, Val let us know when they were around the corner - and we got some great shots of them.

    The Howler House is a perfect spot to reconnect with nature… watching the river ease by, listening to the sounds of the jungle lull us off to sleep. We liked having the ability to cook our dinner and enjoy it on the screened porch complete with candle light and local wine.

    Rudy (from across the river)stopped by with some fresh coconut water. Normally I don’t care for coconut water, but this was excellent. We talked him into giving us a canoe river tour, where he pointed out the wild life hiding in plain sight (birds, iguana, and even a crocodile), as well as a brief tour of his land where he showed us how to harvest coconut water and sugar cane.

    We had a great time!

    January 2014
  • We had a lovely two night stay in between an island vacation and a trip home. Unfortunately, it rained almost the whole time, but this didn't dissuade some amazing bird calls, alligators, and iguanas from visiting right off the deck. House worked well for our needs- (and we were mostly stuck inside). Tony was a helpful driver that helped us alleviate any worries about being in the right place at the right time.
    All was well!

    December 2013
    Howler House
    Response from Howler House:

    Hi Dayna, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay despite the rain, and more rain -- and it is still raining! I hope you will come back and see the jungle in the sunshine next time! I arrived yesterday, and one of the first things I am going to do is put some comfy furniture in the front room and buy some good kitchen ware - thanks for the rental and enjoy your holidays! Cheers, Erika

  • The Howler House is beautiful! We had a fantastic time there! It's beautifully located and really romantic. Nothing can beat a breakfast with the Howler Monkeys! Thanks Erica for this great experience! We'll surely come back.

    October 2013
    Howler House
    Response from Howler House:

    Hi Birgit, thanks so much for loving my little house as much as I do - I look forward to your return visit - and you will be happy to know the hot water has been installed and a beautiful new miskito netting curtain is being built for around the main bed - look forward to meeting you next time - cheers, Erika

  • The Howler House really is without equal when it comes to a once in a life time experience. Sleeping near the rain forest canopy with the monkeys in view provided hours of entertainment and wonder. We loved the rustic and natural feel of the place. The beds were plenty comfy once you got into them. They are on the tall side but that gives you the best vantage point for seeing the howler monkeys playing in the tree tops from your window before your even get out of bed. The monkeys steal the show but there are many birds, lizards and all manner for flowers and plants to see. We did not rent a car and really didn’t need one as Tony was willing to drive us to places that are not in walking range. Be sure to get some of Carol’s chicken. Her gate maybe shut but don’t be shy about yelling for her. In her own words “If I am home I am open”. She will come right out to let you in and fix you the most amazing fried chicken (her food topped Black Orchids and was half the price). Carols Place and the village of Boom is a fairly easy walk. You won’t find much tourist stuff and shopping is limited. Be sure to pick up drinking water, juice and snacks on your way there because you won’t want to miss a minute of watching the jungle. PB&J sandwiches were easy. The kitchen is functional but a little lacking in cooking pots and plates. If you want to be pampered this might not be the place for you. But if you want to see the jungle first hand and be comfy doing it the Howler House is wonderful. Plenty of spots to lounge around like a lizard and you can even howl with the monkeys a bit.

    October 2013
    Howler House
    Response from Howler House:

    Darrin I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our little jungle paradise so much! Next time you come back we'll have the hotwate installed (happening as I write) and more comfy furniture and kitchen equiptment - a dock and our own canoe! Thanks for the wonderful review - see you next year I hope!

  • The Howler House is great! A friend and I were traveling in Belize, and being two girls traveling alone, we wanted to see more than just the beach but still be safe. The Howler House was perfect. We got to live in the jungle in a spacious, clean house, see a bit of rural Belize life (the town is adorable!), visit the Mayan ruins, do fun things like ziplining..... and felt safe the entire time. Tony was a fabulous tour guide. He and Val were really helpful. I'd definitely stay here again! Tip: On your way to the house, stop at a coconut stand and get a gallon of coconut water. Delish!

    September 2013
  • We had a memorable experience at Howler House with it's unique jungle setting. There were lots of birds, numerous iguanas, and a troop of howler monkeys that would make regular appearances. Tony was an excellent tour guide and provide help when asked. But keep in mind, that this is in the jungle and is not a 5-star hotel if that is what you are accustomed too.

    August 2013
  • It is an incredible place to stay right along the river and already I miss the music of the jungle morning and evening. Erikta could not have been more helpful and her Howler House exceeded our expectations. Her friend Tony drove us around and we thoroughly enjoyed his company. Hopefully they'll take me up on my offer to come and enjoy the mountains in northern California so I can return the favor! It was and is a true blessing that will live long in my memory as one of the highlights of my travels. Cheers!

    June 2013
  • Our stay was great. Erika had some initial staples in the fridge and the house was all set to go when we arrived. She even put us in contact with folks who could take us on tours. You couldn't ask for a more scenic location. The river is gorgeous. There were tons of birds, monkeys, of course, as well as lizards and crocs which we heard splashing in the river at night. If I ever make it back, I'd stay there again.

    May 2013
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I spent the last four years and every cent I earned building a little dream house on the river bank in a village in the jungle in Belize, I guess that says something about me. I love my house, and now I want to create a jungle paradise -- I want to build a bridge across the crocodile pond with a screened-in sitting area , and wooden walk ways around the property to protect the jungle floor -- and keep me above the critters too -- and I want to build a floating dock big enough for a screened-in meditation gazebo, and I dream about creating a butterfly oasis -- and there is a tree right behind the house in which I could build a star gazing platform high in the branches. I want to spend the next ten years turning my little spot into a jungle paradise -- and then retire. So -- If you come and stay in my dream house, you will be helping me make this dream come true -- and I love this little place so much, I am delighted to share!
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